Following up on yesterday’s post by Terry, as well as a previous request we had for more ads featuring Floyd Mabry, I dug through some 1975 issues of Fishing Facts magazine to pull the following. Again, there’s some fascinating history in all of this, as well as a non-Floyd ad you’ll find interesting. You can also revisit a tribute post we did on Floyd (Remembering A Texas Legend) back in June, 2013. First, the 1975 Bomber ads featuring Floyd Mabry, as well as a lot of classic Bomber lures. Be sure to check out the old twin spin in the spinnerbait ad.
Another ad that came out a little earlier in that same year featured a gentleman holding a big musky. That man was E.C. Reagan. While Reagan didn’t have the national name recognition that Floyd did, he was somewhat of a local legend around the hills and hollows of the Cumberland River basin. E. C. was a dyed-in-the-wool musky fan, and ran the local Willow Grove grocery store. One of his absolute favorite baits was the old original Bomber crankbait as featured in the ad that he appeared in. From online reports I’ve read just a couple years back, E.C. is now in his 80s and still with us.
Writer Sheryl Shell, along with husband Darren, featured E.C. in a chapter of their book, “The History of Dale Hollow Lake.” According to Amazon.com, “Darren Shell was born in the state of Indiana, and his family moved to Tennessee to run their recently purchased marina at Willow Grove in 1982. Since that time, his love of history and love of the lake have resulted in this compilation of local stories of folklore that have been told through the years. Darren resides at Willow Grove Marina with his wife and daughter, near his family and friends that share his love of this wonderful body of water called Dale Hollow Reservoir. He is the author of a number of stories regarding the lake and the up-rooted town of Willow Grove.”
Following are a couple excerpts from the E.C. Reagan chapter of this neat little book, which can be found and read online.